Kia Optima Hybrid & Plug-In Hybrid

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Plug-in Hybrid


Seats 5

10.8ft3 Cargo


1.4kWh Battery

When the Kia Optima eco-version was introduced to the public in 2016, reviewers praised its excellent handling, contemporary streamlined looks, fuel efficiency and reasonable price.

Kia's 1st plug-in uses a 154-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works in conjunction with a 67-hp electric motor/generator to deliver a peak system output of 202 horsepower. A six-speed automatic with the electric motor replaces the torque converter to drive the front wheels. The transmission is equipped with an electric oil pump in the interest of efficiency. Kia claims the car's 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows the PHEV to go up to 29 miles in electric-only mode and to operate at speeds of up to 75 mph without activating the gas engine. Twenty-nine miles is one of the longer EV ranges in the plug-in segment, well short of the Chevrolet Volt’s 53 miles but 50 percent beyond the Toyota Prius Prime’s 22.

It takes about 9 hours to recharge the car's battery using a 120-volt supply but only 3 hours if you have access to a Level 2 240-volt connection. Hybrid Optima's MPGe range is 103, and Kia claims its Total Driving Range is 610 miles. With the addition of a plug-in drivetrain, Kia provides a plug-in package of 29 pure electric miles before the 4-cylinder 2.4L I-4 159 HP engine takes over, providing an approximate total range of 610 miles. In the mid-size sedan PHEV class, Chevrolet Volt gets nearly double the all-electric range, though Optima compares nicely to the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion plug-ins, price wise and electric range-wise.

Kia’s free UVO eco App lets you check charging status, schedule charge times, and lock or unlock your doors from remote locations. Optima Plug-In Hybrid's Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ allow you to access your compatible smartphone features right from your Kia’s touch-screen display. Using UVO eco, your voice controls phone calls, your music library, navigation, and more. UVO eco also provides vital real time information detailing battery life and charging station locations, plus it lets you set the cabin climate, and schedule maintenances.

The Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system uses radar to automatically activate the brakes when detecting a potential collision. The available Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) system adapts and turns with the vehicle on curves, helping to improve visibility through corners. Smart Key lets you push button the car on and off. A Harmon/Kardon® 10-speaker premium audio system provides 7.1 surround sound. Dual-zone automatic temperature control lets the driver and front passenger customize their temperature settings. Kia calls plug-in Optima's distinctive front end "tiger-nose" – the grill in high-gloss black and Daytime Running Lights resemble a tiger's eyes and nose. The Optima PHEV’s aerodynamics are superb. Its drag coefficient is 0.24 Cd, which equals the Tesla Model S drag coefficient. The car's sculpted exterior lines provide for lower resistance, which equates to a smoother, quieter, more comfortable ride.

Named a Transitional Zero Emission Vehicle (TZEV) by the California Air Resource Board, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid is eligible for a High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) decal in CA. And it qualifies for all the appropriate cost-reducing government incentives.



  • DOHC, 16-valve, 2.0 liter, Inline 4 Full Parallel Hybrid System engine
  • ABS & driveline traction control
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension, rack & pinion steering
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 6-spd Sportmatic transmission w/OD
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • Suspension: Front – MacPherson Struts, Stabilizer Bar; Rear – Independent, Multi-link, High Performance Dampers, Stabilizer Bar


  • Dual power remote heated mirrors
  • Glovebox refrigerated/cooled box
  • Low fuel warning, low tire pressure warning
  • Illuminated entry
  • MP3 decoder
  • 2 12V DC power outlets
  • Voice-Command Navigation System with 8" Color Touch-Screen Display, UVO eServices, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, SiriusXM® Traffic and HD Radio™
  • Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi™, 630 Watts and 10 Speakers
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS)
  • Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
  • Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS)
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • BLUETOOTH® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity
  • Cruise Control with Steering Wheel Controls
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone, and Cruise Control Buttons
  • USB/Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Dual USB Power Outlets & 12V Power Outlet in Rear Console
  • Supervision Meter Cluster with Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD Trip Computer
  • Active Eco System
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Power Windows with Driver & Front Passenger One-Touch Auto-Up/Down
  • Power Door Locks
  • Push-Button Start w/ Smart Key and Immobilizer
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control w/ Center Console Rear Vents
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold
  • Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror
  • Interior Lighting with Delay
  • Front Door & Lower Center Fascia Mood Lamp
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • LED Interior Lighting
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • 12-Way Power-Adjustable Driver's Seat, with 4-way Lumbar Support, 6-Way Passenger Seat Adjustment, 10-Way Power Adjustable Front Passenger’s Seat
  • Driver's Seat Integrated Memory System (IMS)
  • Heated Front and Rear Seats
  • Height-Adjustable Front Seat-Belt Anchors
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel & Gear Shift Knob
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Satin Chrome Inside Door Handles
  • Leatherette-Wrapped Center Fascia
  • Panoramic Sunroof w/ Power Sunshade
  • Solar Control Glass
  • Sound-Absorbing Front Door Windows
  • Smart Trunk
  • Auto Light Control
  • Virtual Engine Sound System
  • Positioning Lights, LED
  • Rear Combination Lamps, LED
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Heated Rear Glass w/ Timer


  • Fully automatic headlamps with delay-off
  • Body-colored with metal-look insert front and rear bumpers
  • Clearcoat monotone paint
  • Stainless steel exhaust
  • Active Air Flap
  • Heated Outside Mirrors, Power Adjusting with LED Turn Signal Indicators, Power-Folding
  • Projector Beam Headlights
  • LED Projector Beam Headlights, with Auto-Leveling
  • Dynamic Bending Light (DBL)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
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